Talk Justice: Episode Fifty Three

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How a Virtual Assembly Line Accelerated an Access-to-Justice Project

Suffolk Law Professor Quinten Steenhuis discusses his team’s successful collaboration with legal aid orgs to use technology to scale help for the project and the potential to use tech to extend the reach of legal services.


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Guest Speaker

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Quinten Steenhuis

Quinten Steenhuis is a clinical fellow and adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School in the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab. Between 2008 and 2020, Quinten was a senior housing attorney, systems administrator, and developer at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he worked between 2008 and 2020. He currently teaches courses including Legal Technology for Small Firm Practice and Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines.

Quinten’s signature projects include MADE, the Massachusetts Defense for Eviction tool which he conceived and created at Greater Boston Legal Services, and the MassAccess Project, a COVID-19 emergency response collaboration at Suffolk Law School involving an international team of participants.

Quinten has practiced housing and eviction defense law since 2008, and has been a professional programmer and web application developer since 2001. His work focuses on social justice and addressing the access to justice gap, particularly with the use of legal technology. In addition to his academic, legal, and technology work, Quinten serves as an appointed member of the City of Cambridge’s Recycling Advisory Committee, the Access to Justice Commission’s working group on housing, is the long-time president of a Scrabble club in Somerville, MA. He received his B.Sc. in Logic and Computation with an additional B.Sc. in Political Science from Carnegie Mellon University and J.D. from Cornell Law School.


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Caitlin "Cat" Moon

As director of innovation design for the Program on Law and Innovation, Caitlin “Cat” Moon designs the J.D. curriculum for PoLI Institute with the goal of empowering students to lead in the innovation of 21st century legal services delivery. Professor Moon also founded and directs the PoLI Institute, which provides interactive post-graduate executive education to legal professionals. She also co-founded and produces the Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI), which brings together experts across legal, technology and other disciplines in collaborative innovation projects.

In addition to her roles at Vanderbilt, Moon works with law firms, legal departments and law schools globally to apply the methods and mindsets of human-centered design to re-imagine leadership and legal professional formation and modernize the delivery of legal services. Her current research focuses on innovation leadership and legal professional formation and includes co-creation of a 21st century framework for lawyer competency, the Delta Model.

Moon maintains an active law license and, before joining the Vanderbilt Law faculty, she provided legal counsel and strategic guidance to start-up companies through her Nashville-based legal practice for over 20 years. She serves on the College of Law Practice Management’s Board of Trustees and on the advisory boards of the MIT Computational Law Report and the Justice Technology Association. Moon was recognized in 2016 by the American Bar Association.